Sunday, February 22, 2015

Super Awesome........

So this week, we had a super awesome noche de hogar with our investigators, lead by hermana soto about love and how to show real, christ like love. it was super awesome, and very spiritual, everyone was crying. Moments like that help me keep moving forward, and help me stay motivated.I honestly love Anahi and Gustavo and their family so much, I just die of happiness everytime we can be with them. They are definitely family to me. 
Also, we had another family night about prayer with a less active and her son and two of her friends. It was fun and the little boy who is 6 years old, always says his prayers. when we followed up, he said that one morning, he was getting ready to leave, but then realized that he didn't say his prayers, so he ran back to his room to start his day right. I am constantly amazed at the faith of young children. their examples help me grow so much. Obviously there's a reason why we need to become more like young children (mosiah 3:19)
Also, we had a baptism on saturday!  Renècito. He is soo great. He is an older man, almost all of his famiy are members, except one son. And literally I am freaked ouuuttt by how much they remind me of The Schmauch famiy. There are 7 kids and I can choose each one of their kids to be one of the schmauchs.. it is freaky.. in a good way. (:
I can't even begin to explain the change I have seen in his attitude. Everything about him has changed since I met him. I LOVE seeing how the gospel changes peoples lives. Now, his prayers are so much more sincere and specific. he has more desires to share his thoughts, and even though he is suffering from parkinsons disease, every time he sees us, it's like he forgets about his struggles and has a huge smile on his face. he is a really great man and I am super thankful to my Heavenly Father for preparing him for this step. I honestly feel like it wasn't even our baptism because he was so ready. There have been missionaries visiting him for like... AGES... but for some reason, when we asked him to be baptized on the 16th of January, he said yes, and I knew that he would be baptized. More than anything, because we had the faith to do EVERYTHING to help him keep progressing. It has been a very great month helping him prepare for baptism.
Next on the list: Anahi and Gustavo. They finally have a date to be married, the 13th of March and then their baptisms are scheduled for the 14th of March. KEEP THEM IN YOUR PRAYERS!! They need it for sure, because they are so young and have a lot of trials, but I know that they were prepared way before we even got there. 

Thanks for all of the prayers and support, seriously you guys rock my world. The mission is the best. The challenge this week: if you have ANY doubt about the gospel, even if it is the tiniest thing, be humble, get on your knees and ask your Heavenly Father about it. then, ACT. Search the scriptures and be diligent. I can promise you that you will find the answer, just like I have in all these months.

hermana Terry

ps... i will try to send photos later.. sorry homies!

Renecito didn't like to take pictures, but I promise that he was happy (:

okay, Alma technically wasn't our baptism, but we taught her everything. She is Renes granddaughter.. cutest (:

Sunday, February 15, 2015

It's been a pretty great week (nacho voice...)

this week has been pretty great. something awesome that has happened is that we had two family nights about the atonement, capacitacion de zona, a tsunami in Centro, and lots of lessons with our investigators. It has been a week of many trials, but even more blessings. I am learning to be more consagrated, and make more sacrifices. Every day I realize that the time is passing so fast, and I almost have 8 months in the mission... but I want to make sure that the next 10 months are really worth it, so I am trying to animate myself and use the animation of my companion to keep me going (: "los que no vinieron al redil" is SERIOUSLY WORKING! It is amazing. We have been working hard with 3 different families in the ward, trying to visit them at least once per week, two times if possible... and call them, pass by to say hi and just make sure they know that we love them. This week, ALL THREE FAMILIES CAME TO CHURCH! Our attendance in the sacrament meeting went from 45 to 94 in two weeks. I literally couldn't believe my eyes. I gave a talk and when I got up to see all of the members, I almost passed out because I haven't seen such a big congregation in all of my mission. It was SO. COOOL. I feel extremely blessed, I know that my Heavenly Father is really watching out for me and making sure that we are taken care of. Our investigators that have baptismal dates are making lots of changes... something really exciting is that Anahi and Gustavo finally got their date to get married! It is for March 13th.. it's a lot later than we had hoped, but we are going to keep working and praying that we can change it to a date that is sooner. I am very excited to see all the changes.

also, i want to share what President Lovell shared with us this week, because Ihave been studying A LOT about forgiveness and repentence:
"Throughout the mission there are hundreds beginning to return to participate in Sunday meetings. It is amazing how the spirit is melting the hearts of those. But it is one thing to feel the spirit and otherwise to maintain the spirit as part of their daily lives. I invite you to think about the needs of every member of the church. All we need to do things that help us to keep the spirit every moment of every day. Everything begins with repentance.
Repentance has to be more consistent in family and personal prayers to Heavenly Father. Repentance includes taking time each day to study the Book of Mormon and enjoy the words of the prophets and their testimony of redemption through the Savior. Repentance includes being obedient to the commandments of God to receive the blessings promised to the faithful. Repentance includes the act of making covenants with the Lord through priesthood restored. Repentance involves doing service to build your next as to build the kingdom of God to serve the living through callings and assignments and the dead through family history." (sorry if the english is weird, it was translated from spanish (: )

Remember that our testimonies start with the basics...  

hermana terry

just the cutest Valentina... she was in the hospital for a week after getting burned... pobre...

she took that pic of me (:


well, this week didn't go as planned! But, if I have learned something in the mission, it's that sometimes, things work out better unplanned. ha ha, it was a crazy week, but that is only expected here in Argentina! Overall, I felt tired and happy from all the work we did and from everything that I have learned. Mostly I love working hard all week and seeing good fruits on Sunday. It makes me SO happy. 
We did intercambios on Tuesday, and it ended up being 3 of us, with Hermana Cornejo. It was fun, and I love changing plans to make things work better, and especially learn from other missionaries. I just love becoming better and working hard. 
Something that surprised me is that this week was very hard and challenging. We had lots of trials, lots of cancelled appointments, lots of upset menos activos and investigators and lots of walking. And every time that I have a trial, I thank my Heavenly Father because I know that I am becoming stronger. I know that I am refining myself through the strength that Heavenly Father gives me. 
The zone conference this week was SO great.I loved it and I am planning on applying a lot of what I learned throughout my mission. I know that we will see lots of success with these new tactics and focusing on inspired questions. 
This week, we had 3 investigators at church and 2 less active families that we have been visiting regularly. GOOD FRUITS! 
Can I get a "HOLLLA" for Anahi, Gustavo and René? René has a baptismal date for the 14th and Anahi and Gustavo for the 21st. EEEP! Keep them in your prayers, especially René. 

Also, challenge for the week: forgive someone who has offended you, hurt your feelings or anything else. Like our best example, our older brother and Savior forgave ALL, even in His last moments in His mortal existence. Luke 23:34... It is HARD. And I know, because I don't like to ask for forgiveness... #sostubborn. but I heard some good counsel this week... if you don't like to ask for forgiveness, don't do anything mean! haha.. simple right? (:

Keep on keepin' on!

funny moment: shared my testimony yesterday and quoted that scripture in spanish.. but instead of saying "forgive them, for they know not what they do"... I said "forgive them because for they don't do what they know"... hi, still learning. hahaha 

enjoy your weeks, be happy!!
Hermana Mama Ky Terry

also, lets talk about cerro michacheo... it's tiiinyy and it is a serious tourist attraction here in Zapala. but legend says that if you climb all the way to the top, some day you'll return to Zapala... I wouldn't even be mad. (: so much wind, pretty sure I almost blew off the top though.

THANKS FOR THE SKIRT MOM. it's kind of like a grandma.. but it's got pockets and it's comfy, so I'm about it. hahah